Marriage and Family Week
All across the Armidale Diocese Marriage and Family Week is being celebrated. This week will culminate in a family Mass at the Cathedral at 10.00am on Sunday the 30th of July. Year 11 students are involved in the Explore Program initiated by Bishop Kennedy. This program involves married couples coming to O'Connor to answer questions about marriage and family. Many thanks to the Hanrahan's, the Brown's and the Tindale's for their support of this program.
Core Catholic Principles and Values.
The Sacredness of the Family
The Catholic tradition proclaims that the human person is not only sacred but also social. How we organise our society– in economics and politics, in law and policy– directly affects human dignity and the capacity of individuals to grow in community. For the proper formation of a just society each person must have a personal faithful relationship with Christ. This relationship will help form the foundation of all other human relationships particularly the relationships within the family. The family is the original cell of social life (CCC 2207) that must be supported and strengthened, not undermined. In particular the Catholic value of faithfulness in relationships must be preserved and actively promoted. Catholics believe all human persons have a right and a duty to participate in society, working together for the common good and wellbeing of all, especially the poor and vulnerable.
Prayer To The Holy Family
Jesus, Mary and Joseph,
in you we contemplate the splendour of true love,
to you we turn with trust.
Holy Family of Nazareth, grant that our families too may be places of communion and prayer,
authentic schools of the Gospel and small domestic Churches.
Holy Family of Nazareth, may families never again
experience violence, rejection and division:
may all who have been hurt or scandalised
find ready comfort and healing.
Holy Family of Nazareth, make us once more mindful of the sacredness and inviolability of the family, and its beauty in God’s plan.
Jesus, Mary and Joseph, graciously hear our prayer.
NAIDOC Week Prayer Service August 4 10.00am.
The Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary. August 15. This is a holy day of obligation. All students will attend Mass at 9.15am. This mass will also be an opportunity to celebrate 100 years of the Marian apparition at Fatima. The Pilgrim Statue of Our Lady of Fatima will be in the Cathedral for veneration during the day but will be at O'Connor for the morning. Mass will be followed by a talk by Father Gerard Ryan on the pilgrimage and the events of Fatima.